NIGHTWATCHING

Submitted by Betty Wilson on

A winter storm rages outside an old house somewhere in New England.  Inside, a mother is checking on her two young children when she hears a noise that shouldn't be there - the sound of a footstep on a creaky stair.  There's an intruder in the house.  He's between her and any means of escape and how would she get away with two children in tow?  They have to hide.  She has to get them into the tiny, secret room hidden behind a wall.  And then what?  Good, good book!  Beautifully written, chilling and breathtakingly eerie.  The characters don't eve

THE ASCENT

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When Detroit cop, Kurt Argento, loses his wife and his job, he decides it's time for a change of scenery, so he heads west across the country.  While in a small Missouri town, he interrupts the attempted assault of a young girl.  The would-be assailant is injured pretty badly.  He also turns out to be the sheriff's brother.  When Argento is picked up, he's badly beaten and railroaded onto the next bus heading to the local maximum-security prison.  Once there he encounters a malfunctioning security system and a small tour group that includes the governor's daughter.&

NORTHWOODS

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Eli North is damaged goods.  When he got home from Afghanistan, his career tanked, his drinking escalated and his marriage fell apart.  He only has a job because the sheriff of his bucolic county, otherwise known as "Mom", hired him as a deputy for her perpetually understaffed department.  Eli is struggling just to get from one day to the next when he finds a teenage boy dead in a boat and the girl who was supposed to be with him can't be found.  With the help of  a young FBI agent, Eli and his mother must probe the dark underbelly of their seemingly peaceful little

A TWISTED LOVE STORY

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Wes and Ivy have had an on-again, off-again relationship for 10 years.  When it's good, it's very good and when it's bad...it's pretty terrible.  Their most recent dust-up resulted in a phone call to the police.  Now there's a detective looking into their relationship.  That isn't good because Wes and Ivy share a secret from the past that could destroy their futures.  This book was just...meh.  Short chapters help it flow right along but there's little substance.  Downing tries to explain the detective's motivation, but I felt the story was lacking in that

ALL THE DARK PLACES

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Four couples come together to celebrate Jay's 40th birthday.  It's a pleasant evening, enjoyed by all.  But the next morning, his wife, Molly, finds him dead on the floor in his office, brutally murdered.  Molly is no stranger to living through a nightmarish situation and Jay's death brings back all those feelings and threatens to reveal the secret of who she really is.  When the police discover that Jay's death can be tied to the disappearance of a young woman who hasn't been seen since the last time these friends were together, they are convinced that Jay's killer was

EVERYONE HERE IS LYING

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When a nine-year-old girl goes missing, the entire neighborhood is upended.  William Wooler comes home one afternoon to what he believes will be an empty house to lick his wounds after finding out the affair he's been having with a neighbor is over.  He's surprised to find his rather difficult daughter, Avery, there having been sent home from choir practice for some indiscretion.  William loses his temper with Avery, then leaves the house again.  When Avery's brother gets home, she isn't there so he calls his mother, Erin, who calls William and then the police.  At

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